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Fruits, Veggies to Survive Through Winter

Farmer’s Market at Kennedy Plaza to extend into December and beyond.

the Farmer's Market this year as part of lesson on healthy eating. (Credit: Farmer’s Market)
the Farmer's Market this year as part of lesson on healthy eating. (Credit: Farmer’s Market)

The Farmer’s Market at Kennedy Plaza, which typically closes for the season after Thanksgiving, will extend into the dead of winter.

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The market will remain open at the plaza on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December and will likely move indoors at the Long Beach Hotel, at 405 E. Broadway, in January and remain there into February, Bernadette Martin, the market’s manager and program director, told Patch.

“We are going to hold it a few weeks outdoors to try to help out with the holiday season and traffic in the downtown,” Martin said of the market’s extended Saturdays at the plaza.

For six years on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to November, the market has offered producers of everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to selfish and grass-fed beef to pastas and pickles.  

Martin said that products are made in Long Beach and throughout Long Island. This season, three Long Beach residents provide hand-made or home-baked goods, and another resident grew sprouts, wheat grass and micro-greens. Students at the NIKE School’s organic garden program provided fresh greens and vegetables.

“Three students from the NIKE Alternative High School were able to complete internships at market this season and got credit needed to graduate, plus a first rate education on the benefits of eating locally,” Martin said when noting the market’s various activities in town.

The Farmer’s Market accepts SNAP/EBT benefits, Debit cards, WIC and Senior Checks from the NY State Famer’s Market Nutrition Programs. For more information visit www.ligreenmarket.org, or contact Bernadette Martin Phone: 516-543-6033
Email: info@ligreenmarket.org.
Jack December 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Its great they accept welfare since there are so many welfare /section 8 recipients down here.
BSM December 05, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Thanks, Bernadette! You really do a lot for Long Beach.
moe December 05, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Jack- "they accept welfare"??? That makes no sense at all. Please stay on the topic once in a while rather than using every topic to advance your own agenda. You are so down on Long Beach, I honestly don't believe you could live here. I've never met anybody so miserable living here. Time to look up at God's stars or go look for dolphins in the waves. This is a great place to live. The Farmers' Market is a good thing, helping local business and building our community. Or are you a commie like you call everyone else. You write so much about Christians- if you are one, act like one. Go complain someplace else.
Howie December 05, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Jack's cynicism is consistent. I may not agree, but for some reason I find some of his comments entertaining and good for a laugh. "they accept welfare", The article confirms that they do in the last paragraph. Jack retorts that it is great that "they accept welfare", someone reading and not knowing Jack may think he means just what he said. Those that do know Jack think he is being facetious. Whatever one thinks, the moment I saw his initial comment I had to laugh.
moe December 05, 2013 at 09:50 PM
@howie- sorry, I was just quibbling with his incorrect use of hot-button "buzzwords" like "welfare" and "Section 8." None of those have anything to do with buying food. Programs mentioned in the article like the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program do. He just writes so many things in error, I just wish he'd do a little more studying before he complains. For a while he stopped writing about "section 8" when I mentioned nobody new has been added to that program in years... ... Actually, I'm the jerk for even responding to him and wasting space here. No more of that from me. Thanks Howie, I really do need to lighten up and let Jack's comments speak for themselves.
Jack December 06, 2013 at 09:43 AM
I'm glad the reprobate Moe ( not to be confused with Moe from the Three Stooges series) has drawn our attention to the abuse of the social welfare/section 8/free cell phone/free health insurance/ government subsidies scam. Our taxpaying dollars are being ripped off by drug addicts, con men, ex-cons, highschool dropouts,and basically lazy hillbilly type people. Its a shame that the government is now allowing non-traditional outlets to accept welfare payments. Eventually enough taxpayers will wake up and vote out the democrats when they finally realize the connection between higher taxes and continuing welfare payments. Maybe that will occur when there is only 30% of Americans working.
Eddie December 06, 2013 at 10:52 AM
From a consumer's viewpoint, the Farmers' Market is cool. It brings some life into downtown and offers some shopping options. From the poor greengrocer across the street who pays $57,000/year in taxes to sell his radishes only to have tax-free competitors camped out like gypsies usurping his sales, it's an outrage. To the cash-strapped government-dependent who is getting SNAP or WIC benefits, it's great -- more choices. To the kids of these folks, it's one more chance they'll see a freshly prepared meal instead of McDonalds. It will help them grow, learn and one day earn. So you see, something as simple as the Farmers' Market is many things to many different people. The wiser you are, the more viewpoints you can understand. In all, it's another option -- one more choice for residents. And for a community, choices in retail is usually a good thing. Right Moe and Jack?
Jerry December 06, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Hey Jack "Ass", what does any of your ranting have to do with the Farmers Market extending into December and then indoors in January and February? As Moe said, go complain someplace else. Just look at the title: Fruits, Veggies to Survive Through Winter Farmer’s Market at Kennedy Plaza to extend into December and beyond. I guarantee you NOBODY clicked on the link to this article (except YOU) for any other reason than to learn about the extended market. I love these guys that sit behind a computer and complain about all that is wrong. How about this Jack, go run for office and make a difference instead of spreading your negativity to innocent bystanders who were just looking for information on the F'ing Farmers Market.
Jack December 07, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Hey you idiot Jerry (from Tom and Jerry?)- The issue is a farmers market accepting welfare money! I don't care about how long the market stays open. But my tax dollars are being handed out to welfare scum who are now using it everywhere. How much more welfare will be given out before only a small percentage of Americans will be working? Don't believe the bs about expanding welfare/food stamp recipients to a more "nutritious" alternative. We shouldn't be encouraging them to take more welfare and become further dependent on the government dole. If you don't like what I say then shut your computer off!
moe December 07, 2013 at 07:03 PM
@JK- the Terms of Service of Patch doesn't allow the use of "defamatory" terms like your description of an entire group of people as "scum." I don't know why the editor allows it. The terms also state "Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks – after all, these are your neighbors."
jv December 07, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Like every other good little liberal, you turn right to censorship when your socialist ideals are called what they really are. People who choose not to work and a government that takes money from my family to support them are indeed "SCUM". And those who stick up for them are "LIBERAL GARBAGE".
Penquin December 07, 2013 at 08:20 PM
JV, I'm sorry my friend with cerebral palsy is taking $$ from your family. Maybe they should shoot her and pawn the wheelchair. Moe, did you see the post from DJS that came by e-mail that Mr. Kellard never posted?
moe December 07, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Mark, Chapter 12... "The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Merry Christmas.
moe December 07, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Sorry Lambchop, must have been typing, missed your post. Don't know about that DJS thing. I think I need to stick to my recent resolve not to reply to any of those hateful posts. It's only 2 or 3 people but we further inflate their egos by taking them serious and responding. If I heard a guy screaming such vulgar inhuman stuff on the street, I'd just ignore him and keep walking. That's what I need to do here.
Penquin December 07, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Moe - I agree with you 100%. Enjoy your Saturday night, my friend
Alison D. Gilbert December 08, 2013 at 03:44 PM
To everyone who believes that people who receive government assistance are just scamming the system, I have a question. How many of these 'scoundrels' do you actually know? Or are you basing your conclusion on what you see on television and the news? I have first hand experience on the topic of getting food, fresh produce in particular from the farmers markets. It is impossible within the means the gov't is providing me. That does not mean that I have turned to a life or crime or deception. I have become very active in doing what I can to improve things for myself and others. Here are my main points: 1. NYS provided me with one book of coupons worth $20 for the ENTIRE season to get produce from the farmers market. That lasted me about one day. 2. Most food pantries have only canned fruit and veges which are essentially void of nutrition. Even their own literature says so. 3. Can food stamps help with the farmers market? Some vendors take them. This is good. But again, since my food stamps total $15/month, that's not enough to last more than one visit. I would like to suggest that rather than complain about 'those' people who cheat the system, why not volunteer to help out people, like me, who need help? We really do exist. Not everyone is a 'good for nothing' bum.
Penquin December 08, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Alison - Some of the folks on this blog are totally arrogant - don't waste your time arguing with them or justifying yourself. They are the biggest hypocrites going.
Eddie December 08, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Thank you Alison. It's enlightening to hear from you.
Alison D. Gilbert December 09, 2013 at 08:25 AM
Thank you lambchop and Eddie for your replies to my comment. I appreciate both of you. Let saner minds prevail with accurate information. To me, that is what journalism and reporting the news is supposed to be about.

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